HBO, Disney Top NAMIC Vision Awards Nominations

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Home Box Office and Disney Channel led a list of 29 cable networks vying for the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications’ Vision Awards, the diversity organization announced today.

HBO garnered 10 nominations for the 14th annual Vision Awards -- which recognizes outstanding achievements in original, multi-ethnic cable programming -- including two each for its original movies Life Support and Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. Disney garnered five Vision Awards nods for such original shows as Cory In The House and That’s So Raven, while TV One picked up four nominations.

The Vision Awards winners will be announced during a luncheon held in conjunction with the NAMIC’s annual West Coast Creative Summit event.

ABC Family’s police drama Lincoln Heights,; CNN”s news series Special Investigations Unit, and TBS’s family comedy Tyler Perry’s House of Payne earned two nominations each, according to NAMIC.

Overall more than 200 entries were submitted by 29 networks competing for top honors in 15 award categories.

“The Vision Awards exemplifies the best of what the cable television industry produces annually in multi-ethnic and cross-cultural original programming that positively reflects the diverse interest of its viewers,” said NAMIC president Kathy Johnson in a statement.

The full list of NAMIC Vision Award categories and nominees are as follows:

Animation
The Boondocks/Cartoon Network
Handy Manny/Disney Channel
El Tigre/Nickelodeon

Best Performance -- Comedy
Whoopi Goldberg – The Word According to Whoopi/Bravo

Kyle Massey – Cory In The House/Disney Channel

Carlos Mencia – Mind of Mencia/Comedy Central

Raven Symoné – That’s So Raven/Disney Channel

Best Performance – Drama 
Adam Beach – Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee/HBO

Queen Latifah – Life Support/HBO

Diana Maria Riva – Side Order of Life/Lifetime Networks

Courtney B. Vance – State of Mind/Lifetime Networks

Children’s 
Cory In The House/Disney Channel
High School Musical 2/Disney Channel
Dora The Explorer /Nickelodeon
Go, Diego, Go! /Nickelodeon

Comedy
George Lopez: America’s Mexican/HBO
D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic/HBO
The Brandon T. Jackson Show/The N
Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne/TBS

Documentary
Special Investigations Unit: Judgment in Jena/CNN
Special Investigations Unit: Children of the Storm/CNN
White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki/HBO
Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later/HBO

Drama
Lincoln Heights (Spree)/ABC Family
Lincoln Heights(Abduction)/ABC Family
Life Support/HBO
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee/HBO


Foreign Language
Hablas Mas in Chicago/HBO
Habla Mas/HBO
El Honor De Un Sacrificio/The History Channel

Lifestyle
DIG/ABC-CBN Global (MYX)
Windshield America/Fine Living
Styleyes Miami/Si TV
G. Garvin: The Road Tour/TV One

News/Informational
American Morning: MLK Series/Soledad O’Brien/CNN
Oil Can Boyd/ESPN
VH1 Rock Docs: Bling’d: Blood, Diamonds, and Hip Hop/VH1

In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview/TV One

Original Movie or Special
AZN Asian Excellence Awards/AZN Television
Museum of Moving Image Salutes Will Smith/Bravo
Black Movie Awards/Turner Network Television
Akon: The Rhythm of Africa/The Africa Channel

Reality
The Chicas Project/mun2
Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane/Style Network
How Do I Look?/Style Network
David E. Talbert Presents: Stage Black/TV One

Sports
Chinese New Year at The NBA All Star Game/AZN Television
Uninvited: The 1951 USF Football Team/College Sports Television
After Jackie/ESPN

Variety/Talk Show
Celebration of Gospel ‘07/BET
My Two Cents/BET J
2007 VH1 Hip Hop Honors/VH1
Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes/TV One

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